Gujarat BJP president Vijay Rupani becomes new CM of state
Posted on: 06 Aug 2016 09:30:57
06 August 2016 Current Affairs: Gujarat BJP president Vijay Rupani being declared as the new Chief Minister of the state. The new government will take oath of office on 7 Aug 2016 at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar.
But the declaration came with its own share of drama with state health minister Nitin Patel being projected as the prospective Chief Minister ahead of the meeting of the MLAs.
Rupani on his part had earlier made a statement to media indicating that he being a man of organisation was happy being president of the state unit of the party, which was widely interpreted as his withdrawal from the race of chief minister's position, leaving a solace position for Patel.
BJP observer Nitin Gadkari announced before the media that Vijay Rupani will be the next chief minister of the state, adding that the outgoing Chief Minister Anandi Patel has proposed the name of Nitin Patel as the deputy chief minister, which was seconded by more than ten leaders and the decision was taken unanimously.
A source within the party had maintained that the speculation on Nitin Patel was actively fuelled by the party as a smokescreen to extract the resignation from Anandi Patel while the decision on Rupani was already made and implemented shrewdly.
It may be mentioned here that ET had predicted Rupani's probable rise to Chief Ministerial position after he was inducted in the state cabinet in November, 2014.
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